A Makerspace at Fairchild!

Since 2015, Fairchild has partnered with researchers at NASA to address their current space exploration objectives concerning food production aboard spacecraft. What began with classroom-based citizen science now expands into something new with the Growing Beyond Earth (GBE) Innovation Studio.

Opening this summer at Fairchild, the Innovation Studio will be a makerspace where participants will design, fabricate, and prototype systems to address NASA engineering challenges. A wholly unique location, the GBE Innovation Studio will be the world’s first makerspace in a botanic garden, the first public facility dedicated to NASA’s food production challenges, and the first project to leverage community input in the development of plant-growing hardware.

The GBE Innovation Studio, developed in partnership with Moonlighter Makerspace (moonlighterfablab.org), will be equipped with high-end design software and fabrication technology including 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting, and electronics equipment. Within the Innovation Studio, makers will create and test various designs, adhering to NASA specifications and utilizing the resources of botanic knowledge at Fairchild, to produce optimal results for the next generation of plant growth systems for long distance space travel.

Visitors to Fairchild have already gotten a head start by learning design thinking, 3D printing, and basic circuitry in workshops taught by Moonlighter Makerspace, and younger innovators who are eager to learn more can join their Maker Studio Summer Camps, hosted in and around the garden through Fairchild’s living laboratory.



This website is based upon work supported by NASA under award No 80NSSC18K1225. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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